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SUCCESS STORIES

Join us in celebrating the successes of incredible individuals who allowed Open Door Group to be a part of their journey. This month featuring stories from Christine and Katie.

Jamie

Jamie has been struggling in securing sustainable employment since 1999. He has been a casual part time employee and was living in a shelter home, barely struggling to make ends meet each month. He has a limited network within the community and finding another job that is full-time and permanent, was definitely a big challenge. In the past couple months, Jamie was feeling extremely anxious and stressed about his employment and income situation to a point where he was not able to even stay at a shelter or afford any food.

Jamie decided to explore WorkBC's services in hopes of securing employment and changing his current housing and living situation. At our offices in Vancouver, we searched different opportunities that interest him. When we discovered a position at Mr. Lube, we were excited because Jamie has always had an interest in working with cars, but no experience. We spoke to the employer and discussed Jamie´s situation and his interest in learning working in the industry. We have arranged for a mock interview to better prepare Jamie for his real time interview, then customized his resume to highlight the skills he possessed that related to the current position.

Jamie aced the interview with tremendous feedback and was hired on the spot. He was offered five days training where he passed it and remains at Mr. Lube. Jamie´s life has changed and he's back on track.

SUCCESS STORIES
Ms. Andrade

Ms. Andrade came to Open Door Group in Gibsons as an unemployed, 50-year-old single mother with an 8-year-old son. Separated from her ex-husband, she needed a job so she could look after her child. She read about Open Door Group and WorkBC in the newspaper and decided to work with us to find employment.

Ms. Andrade had been out of the work force for a long period of time and had several physical injuries, plus the stress of worrying about earning enough money to support her and her son in a job that was physically suitable. Her past work history included over 15 years of customer service experience in merchandising clothing and working in an organic foods store. She also ran her own landscaping business for 3 years until her physical disabilities would not allow for the strenuous work anymore.

Apart from her physical injuries to left wrist, ACL tear in right knee, chronic pain and degenerative disc disease, Ms. Andrade had minimal computer skills. Together, we worked on a plan to find a suitable job and focused on semi sedentary or light physical employment. Since she hasn't been a part of the workforce in recent years, we put together a series of career planning and job search workshops focused on skills like how to write a resume or market herself.

Ms. Andrade found a job posting for a produce clerk at a new company called Coast Naturals, a produce store and pharmacy. With Ms. Andrade´s past experience at a produce health food store, her passion for healthy food and her warm personality, she was hired and started work on June 1, 2015. Ms. Andrade was careful to pace herself physically to make the transition to the work force again. She has completed her 6 months of follow up and is still employed and very happy with her job and her work team.
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